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Massive Tripod Table Lamp
Materials: 3 brass legs. Wood (teak) disc. Ribbed white opal glass globe lampshade. Teak cone, brass ornamental ring screw on top. Some metal parts. E14 socket.
Height: 37 cm / 14.56”
Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Massive tripod table lamp exists in a few variations. The glass globe was used for several other lamps. A pendant lamp can be found here. According to a 1960s Massive catalogue this lamp is model 12334.
Often attributed to Louis Kalff and Philips but it is not, of course.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries. Massive sold many lamps from other companies, To many to name them. Almost every company sold lamps made by others.
Massive Tripod Table Lamp – Catalogue Picture
Many thanks to Marius from FF. Mid-Century Design for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm. You can find his website over here.
Many thanks to Bart for the catalogue picture.